As most of you knows that Royal Collection was the mother company of SONARTEC. Sonartec was famous for their Fairway Woods on almost every tour. So their FW is a no brainer to be one of the best there is out there. Well known for awesome distance, feel and look. Their Quality is well known to be one of the best, especially in the Asian market. Classic shinny black paint job becoming a trade mark of their woods line up.
As of US Royal Collection line up, I would like to start with:
TOUR VS pocket cavity iron: A classic players cavity look with extra forgiveness due to pocket cavity and how they design the sole. Minimal off set with beveled leading edge sole. It reminds me of a forgiveness of X tour 2007 and look of X forged 2008...but Feels of it's own. Definitely not hollow feel at impact as most of pocket cavity iron. Boxier look from address position, so definitely a must to consider for you who are looking for a players iron look with a more forgiving result. Feel is the one that make me say "Wow ! I want one of these". Testing them with SHIMADA Tour.
Tour VS Blade: Well, Nothing but classic BLADE with some forgiveness due to beveled design leading edge. No doubt one of the softest feeling blade. Shinny finish is preferred for blade players but easily modified if need to be to a satin finish in my shop. Demo club with Shimada Tour X flex.
VS tour Driver: 425cc deep face slight open face, that tell you this driver design for a players who are looking for a classic look with a better workability on how you hit them. Definitely a low spin head with a slight Fade bias. At 425cc is not an extremely hard to hit driver, definitely a good fitting could tell you if you can get a good result with this driver or need to be with a bigger cc more spin heads such as the JP104 version (Demo is not here yet, i will do additional pictures and post on this). Demo club with Kiyoshi S flex 65.
FW: Tour VS is the deeper face lower spin and lower launch head. JP104 is a shallower head profile with a slight more spin for easier lift. Most players go with their JP104 version on almost all level of players, unless you are a high ball hitter with heavy load swinger to the ball. Not much to say on these FW, Their records tell us we can't go wrong with their FW. Can't keep the demo in the house to long, To many people just bought this right out after I build one. YES, It's that good.
HYBRID JP104FH is going to be a popular one IMO. It has a 335 tip for wood shaft set up for an easier load feel for a swinger type of players, but yet I've modified the hosel size to a 355 and 370 for a hybrid shaft version for a better players hitter type of players....LOVE it! Easy lift but hardly ballooning flight. Sharp leading edge make this club very versatile in a deep rough. Definitely in my bag now with a FUBUKI 400H. A few people demo this, definitely placed an order right after that. Just like their FW, it a solid metallic sound to it, especially after more hotmelt on the sole and crown area.
HYBRID JP104H: To be honest, Never had a chance to hit this yet. To many of them love the damn FH series with HYBRID shaft on it. Boxier look to it IMO.
WEDGES: Hmmm This is the real 2011 design success of RC IMO. Love the classic TEAR DROP look. The black face will rust (not on the chrome part), Some people love it on how it frame the ball perfectly at address position with the groves are being black. The Chrome version is definitely gonna be a a JAW DROPPER for you who like the chrome look and looking a soft feel wedge that give you a better distance control when you chip or pitch. WHY? Its a Copper underlay under the beautiful satin chrome finish. Need I say more on that?
People who know copper under lay, That is the ultimate feel IMO. Sole grind is awesome, Definitely suits almost all kind of players type of swing. Easily ground if need to be. Sale a ton of these just like the Hybrid JP104FH after people demo'ing a couple rounds. No need to convince, just let them demo it! So far people only ask me to ground the LW to a C grind type of sole. Got the demo with SHIMADA Tour Wedge shaft.
STAFF BAG: Well, Simple.... high quality and awesome look. Love it!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST......SHIMADA shaft: This is a family own company who are still at their best when it come to quality. NO they are not a new company, they have been around for a while. Remember Callaway Uniflex memphis 10 shaft? Those are made by SHIMADA. Shimada decided to go after a high end after market with a clear mind on what market they want to enter at. I have been building this shaft for almost 4-5 months by now and I've been testing them from all level of players (20hdcp all the way to PGA tour level of players) Result was consistent......A SOFTER FEEL PX! 600-800RPM lower spin rate compare to tour issue DG and depending on type of swinger, ball flight could be lower or slightly higher than DG. This has something to do to their swing mechanic. It is to good to be true, but a Gateway tour player got one of this switch from DG Tour issue and with 6 iron reduced his spin rate from high 6000 ( some even at low 7000 ) to a 5800-6200 area and lower his ball flight around 1-2*. He is definitely a picker ( shallow short divot ) with a slight cast at impact. Definitely noticeable on how flat his ball flight is now (lower spin).
NOTE: Bending lie on their iron and wedges are noticeably softer and easier to bend. Definitely a high Quality 1020Carbon steel material IMO.
YES, I do have the custom shop acct on this brand...So you can ask me to build them anyway you like them to be.
Shoot me/us any questions, we'll try to answer it to our best knowledge and experiences.
These review are base on my best observation and base on what testers told me too.